Salvia × sylvestris ‘Mainacht’
violet meadow sage, violet wood sage
Synonyms: Salvia × sylvestris ‘May Night’Salvia nemorosa ‘Mainacht’
Spikes of mesmerizing blue-violet flowers in early summer make Salvia x sylvestris 'Mainacht' very attractive to butterflies and bees as well as gardeners. This is one of the most popular cultivated salvias since its introduction more than 50 years ago. It is perfect for containers, perennial beds, and for fresh-cut flowers! Note: Salvia x sylvestris cultivars, along with one of its parents, Salvia nemorosa, can sometimes be mislabeled in the nursery trade so be sure to purchase from a nursery you trust.
Plant Type: clumping perennial
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8
Flower Color: violet
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: occasional watering or regularly for more lush growth and flowers
Seasonal Interest: flowers in early summer with a second flush later that season
Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies
Resistant to: rabbits, deer
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, cream, red, silver, yellow
Great Color Partners: burgundy, purple, violet
- Culture Notes
- Violet meadow sage flowers best in full sun and grows most vigorously in a rich, well-draining soil, but it will tolerate clay and sandy sites as long as there is good drainage. Do not plant in water-logged locations. Once this evergreen perennial is established it will tolerate short periods of drought; however, regular to occasional watering during dry weather as well as cutting back the first flowering stalks once they are done will promote a second flush of blossoms later in the summer.
- Geek Notes
- German nurseryman Ernst Pagels introduced Salvia x sylvestris 'Mainacht' in 1956. 'Mainacht' translates from German to "May Night" in English. Salvia x sylvestris is a cross between S. nemorosa (native to western Asia including central Europe) and S. pratensis (native to western Asia, including Europe, and northern Africa).